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Thread: My Dual 29 gal Aquarium Journal
09-12-2013, 08:52 PM #161
Cool setup. What is the plan for stocking?
Are we doing a contrasting type of setup? Cichlids vs Amazon? Planted vs Reef?
That would be cool.
Very nice job on the wood work.Think with logic and rationality more than emotion. Act with moderation and consideration. Contemplate ideals and realistic goals and weigh out possibilities and options. Temper not with personal delusions or false hope but learn to accept and move on.
09-12-2013, 09:20 PM #162
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09-12-2013, 09:50 PM #163
09-12-2013, 11:44 PM #164
Realy nice job Laura.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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11-01-2013, 05:29 PM #165
Conflicted now about what sand to use - please help me decide
Last weekend I attended an out-of-town funeral for the father of a good friend so I didn't get any work done on the dual 29s.
I am going to clean the tanks tomorrow and paint the backs black. I have purchased the mouldings for the DIY sliding glass tops (still have to have the glass pieces cut) and once they are on I will be ready for the sand substrate.
I am now conflicted about what sand to use for these tanks. I have been following the thread from Ras about using sand only and Byron has posted about using Quikrete play sand and how it allows the fish to show their natural colors. I had settled on using Petco brand black sand (I bought a 5 lb bag and rinsed it to see if I liked it - it's very nice and I would definitely use it). I know many forum members use play sand and many use various black sands. I want both tanks to have the same sand so they look like one 5 foot tank.
My reasoning for using the Petco black sand: better colors on my fish and no silicates in the tank. I have Quikrete commercial grade medium sand in my 75 gal, which I won't use in the dual 29s. I still have some diatoms after 10 months. From what I have read, this is from the silicates in the sand and they should have been gone in a couple of months. My light is on only 6 hrs a day, yet they are still occurring. They are easily wiped off my artificial plants, but I am tired of seeing them. I am actually considering changing out the sand in my 75 gal.
I would like your opinions -
1. What color sand do you use and why. Byron, have you used black sand before?
2. What color sand do you feel brings out the best colors in your fish?
3. The first tank will have Amano Shrimp and Peppered Cories and the second tank will have Glowlight Danios (Danio Choprae) and a BNP. With these species, which color sand do you think would be better?
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11-01-2013, 06:11 PM #166
I had problems with the quickcrete play sand compacting and making dead spots. This was especially bad with having plants as I could not stir the sand good enough to eliminate the anaerobic pockets. Also I find that many fish look faded and bland with a light colored substrate.
For an inexpensive black sand you can't go wrong with black diamond sand blasting grit. It is pretty easy to rinse and does not compact.
I have had great success with flourite black sand and plants. You can even mix it with the black diamond to save money while still having an ok plant substrate.
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11-01-2013, 06:18 PM #167
You HAVE to stick to your original plan with black sand, especially with the Amanos and those Danios...their colors will really "pop" against a black background, IMO
I was steadfast in wanting the PFS sand, beige colored, for my 40B, but now I kind of think the black would have looked good, too
11-01-2013, 07:00 PM #168
I have both black sand and beige sand in my tanks and I like them both. It really depends on the fish you are planning which color would look best. In my opinion, the danio ad cory would look best with the black sand. I think the black would make the bronzy brown of the danio stand out while the play sand would make them blend in.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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11-05-2013, 01:31 PM #169
I think fish would probably stand out more against black sand, but I love the natural look of regular sand with plants, so I am going to use the latter. Are you going to have driftwood or plants (artificial or real)? If so, also consider how those would look on top of the sand. I like contrast, so dark driftwood on top of dark sand, for instance, would be too uniform for my taste.
12-02-2013, 11:51 PM #170
I was such a busy little beaver over the holiday weekend - hope everyone had a happy thanksgiving!
First, I had to return one of the 29 gals to Petco. These are Tetra tanks and Tetra puts all their labels and the stupid paper background on the INSIDE of the tank with double sided tape. It was a real PITA cleaning these tanks. The first one came completely clean. The second one had adhesive way down in the corner, right by the silicone seal - I couldn't remove it without damaging the seal. Pack it up and take it back. The replacement tank was no easier to clean, but at least all the glue came off. I won't be buying anymore Tetra tanks at Petco - I will pay full price for Aqueon. There is a huge difference in quality between the two.
Then I switched the AC110s around to the front of the 75 gal (the fish were like "what the h---") and painted the black background on it and one of the 29 gals. When I turned on the light on the 75 gal, the background looked steel gray, not black (even though the paint is black). Augggh!!! I am not happy with how it looks at all. So now I have to scrape all the paint off both tanks (going to be a lot of fun doing the 75 gal) and start again. I am going to use Rustoleum flat enamel, which I know is very black!!! Slap has the same light unit I do and his background is black, not gray, so I know it's the paint.
I also got all my artificial plants for the dual 29s at Michael's - 40% off!! Saved a ton of $$$. I'm getting there!